Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is the hot favourite to make a return to Microsoft, after CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to leave last week.
Elop spent two years at Microsoft, running the business division that was responsible for its Microsoft Office products. The Canadian was appointed CEO of Nokia in 2010, the first non-Finn to run the smartphone giant, and signed a deal with Microsoft to run the Windows Phone operating system on its smartphones.
The latest odds from Ladbrokes has Elop as the 5/1 favourite, ahead of Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner (6/1), former president of Microsoft's Windows Division Steven Sinofsky (8/1) and Julie Larson Green (8/1), executive vice-president of Microsoft's devices and studios business and generally seen as a rising star in the company.
More esoteric contenders include Twitter founder Jack Dorsey taking charge (40/1), Microsoft founder Bill Gates making a return to the company (50/1), or Tim Cook swapping control of Apple for its rival (100/1).
Steve Ballmer (pictured right, with Elop), announced last Friday that he was stepping down from Microsoft within the next 12 months as a successor is found.
Author: Graeme Neill